The end of the year has been packed full with all sorts of activities. We finished painting our Jack and the Beanstalk pig and Nursery, Reception and Year 2 completed theirs too and they all now reside at the Teddy Bear shop in the Sailmakers. Once again, our pigs were created to support St. Elizabeth Hospice, money raised from collections at the children's performances this year helped to support and boost funds we had already raised. We were also lucky enough to be the class chosen to work with artists to create a large scale pig in an 'Art Attack' style and filled the shape with fruit and vegetables which were donated by the Co-op to support St. Elizabeth Hospice. The children had a great day and drawed, made collages and then worked together to finish the big pig. They counted out fruit and vegebtables into bags which were soldn at the end of the day to raise more money and raised oveer £50.00; thank you to all of those that have sent in sponsorship, donated funds and or bought goods to raise money for the hospice.
We have had visits from the dentist to learn about healthy food and what athletes need in their diets so they can compete at a world class level. We have learned about Brazil, looking at maps, atlases and globes. We researched information about famous athletes such as Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy. Our learning was made into a non-fiction booklet about the Olympics and some Year 1 children worked with a author for an awesome authors writing day. We made art in the style of Henri J Randall and painted using acrylics. We have designed T-shirts with logo's for Rio, made salt dough from a recipe to make our own medals, made carnival masks, and visited the church. We all visited our new teachers and had a great time and the children who had reached cloud nine had a special lunch with Mrs. Head. Your children have been a wonderful group of children to work with this year and I know they will continue to make us all proud in Year 2.
We all had a great time in London, it was a very exciting day. The weather was just right for us to walk around the Tower of London and have out lunch outside in the sunshine. While we were there we walked on the battlements and enjoyed the views of the city, we saw the Crown Jewels, visited the White Tower, and looked at the tudor buildings like those that burnt down in the Great Fire of London. We finished the day with a short tour of London, passing Pudding Lane, London Bridge, Big Ben, The London Eye and Trafalgar square before travelling on the long journey home. We had a fun packed day full of learning.
You probably know by now that a group of staff took part in the Midnight walk this year to raise money in aid of St. Elizabeth's Hospice, this was the charity we decided as a school to support this year. You may of also heard from your child/children that we are taking part in the 'Pigs Gone Wild' project which is also raising funds for St Elizabeth's Hospice. The children were asked to design a pig; and when we collated the designs (which were completed just before Easter) many of the designs featured fairytales; so having just performed Jack and the Beanstalk we thought we could get the children to design a 'Jack's Beanstalk' pig. With the help of our amazing teaching assistants the children's ideas are taking shape, and they are thoroughly enjoying painting our piglet. Once it is finished then the pigs will be going on display at the waterfront, from there they will move around different parts of the town as part of a larger display before returning to the school. More pictures to follow. Watch as our pig takes shape.
Our latest topic is London and Queen Elizabeth II. To begin the topic we started by learning facts about the Queen and her family. This week we have been preparing to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in school. First we got floury and messy when we made plaited bread rolls, then we made crowns, and as a sweet treat we will be making lemon curd and jam tarts. The afternoon will be filled with lots of games, fun and feasting on the food we have made. We are hoping that the weather is good, photographs to follow!
To complete our activities before the Easter holidays we created a carousel of science activities in Year 1 so the children could visit another class and teacher and try out the different activities. In 1GP there was a glove and gas experiment, in 1JA there was a static electricity investigation and in 1SR there was a magnet and metal investigation. For their homework the children had to write about their favourite activity; once again we had some amazing homework sent in. Thank you for helping your children at home we believe revisiting, talking and writing about their learning with you helps embed what we have covered in the classroom. I know by looking at the standard of work brought into school that it also gives you the opportunity to extend your child's learning and find out about what they have done in school each week.
In Maths we have been counting in 10's and 1's and transferring those skills to counting coins and finding different ways to make a fixed amount.
In phonics during reading time we have been matching picture puzzles to make words using different sets of digraphs and trigraphs. Our homework has been about what we can recycle at home and we have once again ahd some fantastic work brought in from home.
Science week began in school on the 14th of March and the children will be taking part on lots of different learning activities throughout the week. In 1GP we have been learning about solid, liquid and gas; and how they sometimes react with one another. We put some bicarbonate of soda in a glove and tied it up with an elastic band, we then fixed the glove around a pot of vinegar. We discussed what we thought would happen when they mixed together and wrote and drew our predictions. After that we untied the elastic band and emptied the bicarbonate of soda into the vinegar and a reaction occured, the mixture started bubbling and fizzing. The mixture created a gas (carbon dioxide) and amazingly we watched the glove slowly inflate it was great fun and the children were all very excited. Finally we recorded what had happened.
Finishing our Ipswich Themed Models.
We painted our clay models once they were dry and then we covered them with PVA glue (to seal them) to make them look like they had been fired and glazed. We are extremely proud of our achievements and have enjoyed working on one particular piece of art over the last few weeks. To finish our Ipswich topic parents were invited into class to see our models and look through our topic folders; so they could see all the different learning we have done so far this school year.
We had a wonderful day walking around Ipswich town centre and visiting the mansion. We started the day at the Old Customs House and walked along the waterfront looking at University Campus Suffolk and the Question Mark. Next we walked into the town centre and stopped to look at the statues of Thomas Wolsey and Grandma, up through the market passed the Town Hall and Cornhill where the buses and trams used to be in Ipswich years ago. We walked up to Crown Pools and then onto Christchurch park. We explored the park, looking at the tennis courts, ponds, monuments, fed the squirrels, played on the play area and visited the mansion where we had our lunch. Then we were collected by the coach and we had a tour of Ipswich, we saw: the railway station, the bus station, the football ground, Sir Alf Ramsey statue, Cineworld, Stoke Bridge and the Waterfront, the Ipswich Hospital, Spring Road railway viaduct, the Fly Swatter statue on Majors Corner and we had an amazing view as we went over the Orwell Bridge.
World Through Our Window.
As part of our topic learning about Ipswich we went on a local walk around the school. We have been looking at the human features on maps such as shops, buildings, roads and train tracks. During our walk we saw: two churches, a post office, the Co-op, Springfield Junior School, an opticians, a physiotherapists, a dentists, a doctors surgery, a tyre centre, a car sales dealership, a garage, a pre-school, some allotments, a play area, a MG car specialist centre, two public houses, to railway bridges, a wildlife area and Westbourne Academy. We saw a variety of transport, on the busy roads: motorbikes, buses, police cars, taxis, lorries and a tractor; we also saw the train heading to Ipswich from Felixstowe.
In numeracy we have been measuring using standard and non-standard measures, using both cubes and rulers to measure in centimetres. To support our learning we created a homework task linked to measuring and we received some fantastic work in return.
Heroes and Villains
In our topic we have been learning about real life heroes and villains from the past. We have studied people of national importance whose actions have in some way have moulded the world we live in now. We have learned about the lives of Guy Fawkes, Sir Frances Drake, Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. We have been practising using timelines to order events from the past.
We have also learned about the Brothers Grimm and how they collected fairytales creating the first books for children. We have discussed and decided who we think are heroes or villains for a variety of characters both real and those from fairytales. One of the fascinating facts we found so far is that the story 'Cinderella' originated from China.
Supporting Children in Need.
On Friday we arrived at school in all sorts of outfits on 'Pudsey Bear Day' to raise money for children in need. We had a wide variety of outfits including Pudsey himself. We had: princesses, vampires, zombies, superheroes, fashion outfits, Olaf, a knight, a fairy, and even some teaching by the Big Bad Wolf.
This week in school we held the first reading cafe. Parents came in to share books with their children and their friends in the hall. We set up tables, mats and cushions and shared books, we also had a drink and biscuit. Thank you to all those that attended and to all those parents who continue to read daily with their children at home. Many of the children are reading for the current reading challenge and I am sure you will have noticed (as we have) just how much their reading skills are improving through their development of a regular reading habit.
Here are some further examples of the amazing homework that is being produced in our class. The children are really proud of the work they do at home and I would like to thank all thoses parents and carers who encourage and help their children complete the work that is set each week. As you can see the homework really extends and consolidates the children's learning and also gives parents the opportunity to discover what the children have been learning in school.
We had an amazing day at the zoo and crammed as many visits and activities in as we could while we were there. We started in the underwater tunnel to see the sealions and some of them were huge. We saw monkeys, lizards, bears, meerkats, lions, rhino, antelopes, zebra, flamingoes and wolves. We were also lucky enough to feed the giraffes and the elephants which was fantastic. We also had an African animals talk with one of the zoo keepers and a ride on the road train.
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